Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959)
The 1959 Walt Disney film "Darby O'Gill and the Little People" is about Darby O'Gill, an aging
Irish estate caretaker who engages in a battle of wits with the king of the Leprechauns or "Little People".
Several times Darby gets temporary possession of the king's traditional pot of gold.
appear in the pot, including Spanish and English coins.
One wonders if they were the same prop coins used in Walt Disney's 1950 film "Treasure Island".
the visiting Dublin man Michael McBride.
In the small town of Rathcullen, County Kerry, Ireland, Darby O'Gill is the aging caretaker of
Lord Fitzpatrick's estate, where he lives in the nearby house with his daughter Katie.
the king of the Leprechauns.
2. Lord Fitzpatrick and Michael McBride arrive
Lord Fitzpatrick and Michael McBride arrive at the house to be greeted by Katie.
3. Katie O'Gill
Unknown to Katie, the lord has told Darby that he has hired Michael as the new caretaker to replace him,
and that he and Katie will have to move to a smaller house.
4. Darby O'Gill
Darby is at the pub telling another of his stories about the Leprechauns, and the local bully, Pony Sugrue,
5. Pony Sugrue
Pony wants the caretaker job and Katie, and likes to make fun of Darby.
6. King Brian shows the pot
King Brian is about a foot (30cm) tall, which means that the pot is huge.
It appears to be filled with various types of coins.
7. Handling the goods
Darby gets in to handle the goods producing more views of the coins.
8. Four individual pictures of the coins
Number 1. - A copy of a Spanish pillar dollar.
Number 2. - Coin with a right-facing bust similar to Britain's King George III.
Number 3. - Coin with a left-facing bust similar to a Panama Columbus coin.
Number 4. - Another copy of a Spanish pillar dollar
9. Ancient ruins
Darby falls into a hole which leads to King Brian's underground kingdom.
10. Darby meets the little people
Darby enters the land of the little people where a continuous party is going on.
11. King Brian on his throne
The king shows Darby some of his possessions.
The Throne of Fergus mac Leda, ancient High King of all Ireland.
12. Spanish cannon
The king identifies it as coming from the Spanish Armada (of 1588).
13. Sword of Brian Boru
The Sword of Brian Boru, an ancient king of Ireland.
He plays so well that all of the little people saddle up on little horses and ride away, leaving Darby
alone to go home.
Darby has hatched another scheme which requires keeping the king there until morning.
14. Drinking with the king
Darby and the king exchange drinks, the king discovers that it is past sunup, and has to give
Darby three wishes.
15. Michael and Katie
Darby hasn't told Katie of the impending move but she finds out and cools her relationship with Michael.
16. Katie on the hill
Katie takes a fall and is seriously injured, bringing the Banshee or the messenger of death to call.
17. The Banshee
The Banshee summons the death coach for Katie and Darby asks King Brian to allow him to take her place.
Darby enters and rides off in the coach, but Brian, using another trick, kicks him out of the coach.
18. Michael has a message for Pony
Michael gives Pony a insulting message from King Brian, a few punches are thrown, Pony goes
to the floor, and leaves Michael and Katie to ride away together.
19. Michael and Katie
Albert Sharpe as Darby O'Gill
Janet Munro as Katie O'Gill
Sean Connery as Michael McBride
Jimmy O'Dea as King Brian
Kieron Moore as Pony Sugrue
Writers: Lawrence Edward Watkin and H.T. Kavanagh (stories)